Walk: Benarty Hill - surprise view from the Sleeping Giant
|[View west from Benarty Hill summit, Ochil Hills on the horizon]|
This is surely one of lowland Scotland's best small hills. The trig point on lowly Benarty Hill - locally known as the Sleeping Giant - sits at the northern edge of a broad area of high ground. A short, steep ascent through trees soon leads to a straightforward amble across the plateau with great views south. But nothing compares to the surprise view of Loch Leven, only revealed upon arrival at the summit...
|[Loch Leven from the summit]|
Name: Walk: Benarty Hill - surprise view from the Sleeping Giant ★★★★☆
Length: 4 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 190 metres
Main summits: Benarty Hill (356 metres, sub-2000')
Start / finish: Layby on minor road west of Ballingry, G.R.: NT 159970 ///inversion.formed.fragments
Route: Layby - Benarty Hill - return by outward route
Terrain: Decent dirt paths, steep at first but rarely muddy, with short section of forestry track
Wildlife today: Birds in the forest - robins everywhere
Weather today: Unbroken sunshine, a few degrees above freezing. Ground frozen with a few snow patches on the plateau.
Anything else? Layby only has space for a couple of cars - more space further along the road.
|[Steps ascend immediately from the car park]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands